Sunday, April 27, 2008

Earl and Sugar britches

Earl was purchased by James awhile back. He developed some bad habbits on his way to Texas. Alittle smoke a little drink and before you know it he was a bad boy cowboy.
James remedied that by bringing "Sugar Britches" into his life.
She has him under control now although James told me he had to tie his hands behind his back when she first arrived!
I apologize for the clarity of my latest ebay figure. My camera quit and I had to use an old one I have. I have another on the way, so my future pictures will be of better quality. I am learning how to upload youtube to my auctions to give a better example of how the figure operates. As always, if you need any answers or help finding answers about ventrilquism or figure making, email me at If I don't have the answer, I will get it for you!
Have a great week!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Nothing like a pro saying hello!

Trenon writes

Hello Steve!!! I thought I'd keep in touch with you by sending some pics of Malcom and I from a show i did in March. This is how he looks in his black suit! Sharp or what!

Thanks again Steve for your great work! God Bless you!!

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Finishing up Bill's figure

I had another conversation with Bill this week and he decided to go with a different look. He wanted his figure to look like a woman who took care of him when he was a child. So after a little adjusting, here she is. I thickened her lips and broadened her nose slightly to give her more of an African American appearance. I changed the controls which were looped steel wire. They were too pliable and didn't work well. I replaced the controls for the mouth and blinker with brass levers and I added a ball control for the eyes. I added moving eyebrows and put another control in the post for that function. I am in the middle of making her body and she should be ready to ship out sometime this week. Here she is Bill. I hope you like her. She's come along way from the poor guy who arrived at my door two weeks ago! He has been resurrected as a woman and will have a new lease on life.

In addition, I am finishing up a conversion figure for Doris, one of my long time customers. Here she is.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Face lift

I received a Howie Olsen head from Bill in Texas. He asked if I could repair him. After talking with him, we decided to turn her into a "church lady" someone who doesn't practice what she preaches.

This particular Howie head was made of plaster. It is very thick yet not too durable. Apparently, he had an accident and that was his reason for coming to Gepetto's Workshop.

As you can see in the pictures, his face is cracked in about three different places. The first thing I did was glue his fractures and bind him until he dried.

I then removed his Iris' as they were old and scratched. Then I went to work with my magic sculpt. I sealed around the areas that weren't sturdy to give them better durability and sculpted a new face. After she dries, I will sand and paint her and then add moving eyebrows.

Here are some pictures of the process so far. Have a good week. As always, if you have any questions about ventriloquism or figure making, please email me at If I have the answer I will gladly help you. If I don't, I will point you in the right direction to find it.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Finishing Jimmy Light

It's been a very busy month. Lots of orders, a few repairs and alot of overhauls.

Jimmy Light and his crew are finally finished and off to Canada. I hope the new looks give your act one up.

This month I will be working on more overhauls. I have one from Bill in Texas and one from Jimmy in New York. I've got a couple of special projects that I will bring to the blog also as well as discussing sprucing up your act for spring. Here are some more pics of Jimmy's finished figures. As always any questions about figure making or ventriloquism are always welcome and will be answered as they come in. Any thing at all, no matter how insignificant it might be to you or overwhelming, if I can't give you the answer, I will direct you to someone who can. Email me at Happy Venting!